Korean Reunification: Alternative Pathways

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Political scientist Michael Haas brings together essays by seven distinguished authors with different ideas about how North and South Korea might again become a single, unified state.

The book presents a history of Korea and pathways that may be followed to bring the two Koreas together in a confederation or federation despite different economic and ideological systems-and new material identifies progress already achieved toward the goal of ...

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Overview

Political scientist Michael Haas brings together essays by seven distinguished authors with different ideas about how North and South Korea might again become a single, unified state.

The book presents a history of Korea and pathways that may be followed to bring the two Koreas together in a confederation or federation despite different economic and ideological systems-and new material identifies progress already achieved toward the goal of reunification.

Chapters deal with the following approaches that have been used in other cases of divided peoples who eventually became unified under a single government:

Neutralization - concluding a peace treaty and dismantling armies
Functionalism - nonpolitical cross-border economic and social contact
Nonviolence - the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mediation - how third parties can facilitate agreements between North & South
Negotiation - diplomacy involving professionals and nonprofessionals

In addition, one chapter examines the feasibility of reunification from a political and military perspective. The final chapter assesses progress over the past 25 years and prospects for the future.

The book has several unique elements:

Proves that plans of both Koreas have changed dramatically over the years.
Shows 4 basic ways to redesign relations between the Koreas.
Explodes the myth that the two Koreas do not talk to each other.
Explains how both Pyongyang and Seoul co-hosted the Olympic Games in 1988.
Indicates that more than 100 South Korea companies operate in the North.
Cites approved visits of ordinary North Koreans to South Korea and vice versa.
Specifies 5 tasks for nonviolent global transformation.
Traces the impact of the ending of the Cold War on both Koreas.
Explains second- and third-track diplomacy-and who is involved today.
Suggests how reunification could occur "spontaneously."
Provides guidelines for successful negotiation outcomes.
Identifies the size of armies and revenue from arms exports of both Koreas.
Reveals that the USA withdrew all nuclear warheads from South Korea in 1991.
Dates the origin of North Korea's nuclear program from the Cold War's end.
Compares divided Korea with other divided peoples around the world.
Gives details about Korea's relations with China, Japan, Russia, USA.

Table of Contents
Preface
1 Introduction (Michael Haas)
2 The Historical Approach (Michael Haas)
3 The Neutralization Approach (Johan Galtung)
4 The Functional Approach (Michael Haas)
5 The Nonviolence Approach (Glenn D. Paige)
6 The Mediation Approach (Theodore L. Becker)
7 The Negotiation Approach (Oran R. Young)
8 The Political Feasibility Approach (Dae-Sook Suh)
9 The Contemporary Approach (Jae-Bong Lee)
Appendices: 5 Plans for Reunification
Combined References
Index

Contributors
Theodore L. Becker, Auburn University
Johan Galtung, Transcend (formerly University of Oslo)
Michael Haas, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Jae-Bong Lee, Wonkwang University
Glenn D. Paige, University of Hawaii
Dae-Sook Suh, University of Hawaii
Oran R. Young, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Editorial Reviews

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Written by six scholars who are concerned about Korean reunification and have suggestions to make along their lines of expertise. In recent years, four approaches to Korean reunification have been discussed: federal, confederation, neutralization and detente. This volume analyzes all four options. Appendixes contain texts of the major proposals that have been the primary agenda for discussions in the 1980s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478180586
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/8/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,234,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL HAAS is Professor of Political Science, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Historical Approach to Korean Reunification by Michael Haas

The Neutralization Approach to Korean Reunification by Johan Galtung

The Functionalist Approach to Korean Reunification by Michael Haas

The Nonviolence Approach to Korean Reunification by Glenn D. Paige

The Mediation Approach to Korean Reunification by Theodore L. Becker

The Negotiation Approach to Korean Reunification by Oran R. Young

The Political Feasibility Approach to Korean Reunification by Dae-Sook Suh

Appendixes: Kim II Sung

Ten-point Proposal for a Democratic Republic of Koryo

Proposal of Twenty Pilot Projects to Facilitate National Reconciliation and Democratic Reunification

Appendixes

Bibliography

Index

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